Books I think about all of the time

And some quotes
  1. Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins
    "Three of the four elements are shared by all creatures, but fire was a gift to humans alone. Smoking cigarettes is as intimate as we can become with fire without immediate excruciation. Every smoker is an embodiment of Prometheus, stealing fire from the gods and bringing it on back home. We smoke to capture the power of the sun, to pacify Hell, to identify with the primordial spark, to feed on them arrow of the volcano. It's not the tobacco we're after but the fire."
  2. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto by Chuck Klosterman
    So poignant and funny at the same time. "In and of itself, nothing really matters. What matters is that nothing is ever in and of itself."
  3. Paradise Lost by John Milton
    I'm an atheist but I appreciate the beautiful language and how Lucifer is portrayed. "The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.."
  4. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
    Was always my favorite novel to teach (especially since Hinton was so young when she wrote it). "Things were rough all over, but it was better that way. That way you could tell the other guy was human too."
  5. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
    "What they don't understand about birthdays and what they never tell you is that when you're eleven, you're also ten, and nine, and eight, and seven, and six, and five, and four, and three, and two, and one."